This year is the perfect time to break from old, tired traditions of heavy, greasy, carb and sugar-filled holiday recipes and to try something lighter, healthier and more wholesome!
Here’s a list of recipes that work beautifully with your holiday meal.
- To Drink… Skinny Holiday Sangria
Your guests won’t miss the sugar in this sangria recipe. Cranberry and pomegranate make this drink very festive.
- Before the meal…Fig, Goat Cheese and Bacon Appetizer, Real Healthy Olive-Stuffed Meatballs, Dates Stuffed and Wrapped, or Baba-Anoush Dip
Choose from these appetizer recipes that are high in protein and low in pesky carbs. Your guests will have their appetites whetted without getting too full or bloated before the big meal.
- Classic holiday dishes made healthy…Real Healthy Stuffing (grain and gluten free!), Real Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole, Fruity Cranberry Relish, Herb-Infused Mashed Root Veggies
Traditional holiday recipes are what your guests are expecting, so give them what they want. See if anyone even notices that you’ve replaced unhealthy traditional ingredients with healthier, more wholesome stuff.
- Try one of these salads…Arugula, Quinoa and Warm Vegetable Salad, Manly Man Salad, Beverly Hills Chopped Salad, World’s Best Cobb Salad, Roasted Veggie Salad with Couscous, Endive Harvest Salad, Squash & Quinoa Salad or Fruity Fennel Salad.
A holiday meal is not complete without a big bowl of greens. Avoid using creamy bottled salad dressings, and stick with these natural ingredient based dressings instead.
- A side of vegetables…Roasted Harvest Veggies, Sy’s Sliced Squash, Dressed Avocado, Amazing Veggie Medley, Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Caramelized Green Apples, Maple-Glazed Green Beans.
Notice that these vegetable sides aren’t slathered with creamy fillers or topped with fried onions or crumbled chips. Keep your vegetable recipes simple and allow the natural flavors to shine through.
Just because you’ve gone gluten free and are avoiding wheat and carbs doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a warm slice of homemade bread with your holiday meal.
- Dessert without the guilt… Pumpkin Quinoa Cookies, Real Healthy Banana Cake, Black Bean Brownies, Real Healthy Poached Pears, Real Healthy Ginger Snaps, Fun Fruit Skewers, Fig Keuilians, Caveman Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Fresh Persimmon Pie, or Harvest Pear Pie.
Dessert is the best part of any holiday meal! Avoid using lots of refined sugar in your dessert recipes — there are many wholesome sweeteners that work just as well while avoiding the negative impact of sugar. Fresh, organic, seasonal fruit is always the healthiest dessert.
I hope that you enjoy your lightened-up holiday meal as much as I know I’ll enjoy mine 🙂